Stroud Community Agriculture is a 50-acre biodynamic CSA farming on two sites in Gloucestershire. We have been established now for 10 years and provide meat and vegetables for our 190 members. Please see our website at www.StroudCommunityAgriculture.org .
On March 3rd 2013 the inaugural annual general meeting of the international farming organization La Via Campesina UK will be held at Ruskin Mill Farm, Gloucestershire, marking the launch of the organisation’s first UK-wide co-ordination. La Via Campesina was founded in 1993 to represent the rights of small-scale traditional food producers around the world. Today the organisation represents more than 200 million farmers, growers, pastoralists and fishermen and campaigns for their rights to be recognised by national and international policies.
Ways forward for those who depend on plants for their livelihood
The Organic Growers Alliance (OGA) supported by the University of Sheffield and the Environmental Sustainability Knowledge Transfer Network are organising a network building, knowledge-sharing meeting in Sheffield on Wednesday March 6th 2013. This meeting will be one of the first of its kind bringing together practising organic growers and members of the research community.
Inspired by a similar contest last year by WWOOF Canada (and with a really lovely example video) WWOOF Sweden want to invite those who have been WWOOFing in Sweden to show off their talents, and maybe win a prize! Some details below or here is a link to the website - http://www.wwoof.se/about/video-contest/.
The New Agriculture: A New Generation with New Ideas.
Can we really carry on with farming as it is? Can we be content with high-tech agribusiness, financed by debt? Who in this present world (especially among farmers!) can really feel happy about the future? And is it really the case that “there is no alternative”?
The Organic Research Centre’s Participatory Research Network is seeking members to engage in a process of developing and implementing on-farm research ideas and projects. Full details of what is on offer can be found on the PRN page of the ORC website (home page - http://www.organicresearchcentre.com/). This initiative links to the Duchy Originals Farming Futures project led by the Soil Association as well as drawing in information from the wide range of research projects currently underway at ORC and elsewhere.
The Sarvari Research Trust (http://www.sarvari-trust.org/) are looking for funding to get a new blight resistant potato cultivar through the National Listing, so please help support them and publicise this widely. This is such important non-GM work! Here is a link to the funding page - www.buzzbnk.org/ProjectDetails.aspx